Whitestone Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Yoichiro Kawaguchi, who initiated the concept of “Science is Art” and became its world authority.

Yoichiro Kawaguchi was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1995 together with Kengo Kuma, Jae-eun Choi, Hiroshi Senju, and Katsuhiko Hibino. Kawaguchi’s exhibited work which was years ahead of a futuristic art’s image was highly acclaimed. Afterwards, he spent 20 years as professor at the graduate school of the University of Tokyo. In 2018, he was not only awarded Prix D’Honneur at Prix Bains Numériques in France, but also inducted into the Hall of Siggraph Academy, the highest ranked institution in the field of CG. By using computers, he devoted himself in the study inquiring into the process of the life evolution, created “growth” (self-organized) model from the life forms of five hundred million years ago, and succeeded in the modelling of the three-dimensional life forms of five hundred million years hereafter.

Speaking of Leonardo Da Vinci, he was scientist at the same time exquisite artist. Yoichiro Kawaguchi contributed to the appearance of unexplored frontier in the history of art, where science stands face to face with art stimulating each other.

It would be our great pleasure if many peoples come visit to our gallery and enjoy the one billion years’ time-space voyage by Yoichiro Kawaguchi.

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Ginza New Gallery


6-4-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan

Tel: +81 (0)3 3574 6161

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Monday

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Yoichiro Kawaguchi was born in 1952 in Tanegashima, Kagoshima. While studying at the Department of Visual Design Kyushu Institute of Design (now Kyushu University), he began experimenting with CTR graphic displays and completed his first CG work, "Pollen" in 1975. The year after, he began a full-scale study of growth models and created his first work, "Shell" in which the "self-propagating growth models" has remained a constant theme. Through the CG images, we can experience the "growth" of the work itself as it multiplies its cells from a formative algorithm of a complex life form. Kawaguchi's work evokes the sensation of "entering the body of an alien life form", and in 1982 he presented his formative paper "GROWTH Model" at SIGGRAPH '82 (USA), the world's foremost international conference on computer graphics. In 1986, he was invited to the 42nd Venice Biennale, and in 1995 he represented Japan at the 46th Venice Biennale. Since 2000, he has been a professor at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Environment and Information Studies, and in 2013, he was awarded the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize.


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